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Aiko’s Historic First on the Bowery/Houston Wall

Aiko in front of her completed mural (photo by Luna Park)

With the completion of her intricate, stenciled mural titled Here’s Fun For Everyone, Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist Lady Aiko has the distinction of being the first female artist to paint the famed Bowery/Houston wall.

Aiko detail (photo by Luna Park)

Aiko detail (photo by Luna Park)

Aiko (photo by Luna Park)

Aiko (photo by Luna Park)

Aiko (photo by Luna Park)

Aiko (photo by Luna Park)

Aiko (photo by Luna Park)

Click here to see previous iterations of this wall.

Houston at Bowery: 5 Years

The last five years have seen enormous changes to the face of New York City. It’s been especially noticeable on the once illegal wall on Houston at the Bowery – now home to commissioned public art works by international stars of the graffiti and street art scene (on an increasingly pricey piece of real estate).

Retna/March 2012 (photo by Luna Park)

Faile/October 2011 (photo by Luna Park)

JR/June 2011 (photo by Luna Park)

Kenny Scharf/December 2010 (photo by Luna Park)

Sace RIP/November 2010 (photo by Luna Park)

Barry McGee/August 2010 (photo by Luna Park)

Shepard Fairey/May 2010 (photo by Luna Park)

Os Gemeos/July 2009 (photo by Luna Park) - Last masterpiece to be painted on the actual wall before it was covered in wooden scaffolding!

Keith Haring recreation/April 2008 (photo by Luna Park)

Omni/September 2007 (photo by Luna Park)

Update: The links below offer further insight into the history of this wall.

On the occasion of Os Gemeos painting the wall, Martha Cooper shares photos of past artists at the wall from her archive (including Keith Haring). [12ozProphet]

Jeremiah Moss makes the argument that the Houston mural wall is part of the larger gentrification process of “turning the Bowery into a luxury lifestyle destination”. [Jeremiah's Vanishing New York]

Brian Rose examines the wall’s humble origins as a handball court. [Journal/Brian Rose]

Faile Take Manhattan

Faile (photo by Luna Park)

Brooklyn’s own Faile are the latest to embellish the curated wall at the intersection of Houston and the Bowery. As noted by the L Magazine yesterday, this marks the duo’s first, large-scale, outdoor installation in Manhattan since pasting the facade of 11 Spring five years ago.

Faile (photo by Luna Park)

Faile (photo by Luna Park)

Faile (photo by Luna Park)